At the end of the 19th Century and into the early 20th Century it was fashionable to wear a variety of accessories attached via a finger ring to a finger or from a bangle. The chains would then be draped elegantly across the hand to make a stylish statement. This style of wearing accessories was illustrated with fashion plates in my book, “Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance” – see a fashion plate of 1904 in one of the images. The chain is fashioned from snake-like flexible links which slide through the head of the snake – the head having two little raised eyes, and the tail is rigid with the end curved for attachment of a large swivel. The loop of the chain when fully open makes it easy to place over the hand and it can then be tightened up to catch onto a pair of protruding lugs to give a nice firm fit around the wrist. The swivel holds a gilt metal locket which has a decoratively engraved front with small birds and on the back an image of a crane. The locket is currently empty apart from a cardboard oval and is all ready for you to place your own photograph – one of a loved one, or other significant memento. The overall condition is very good for age. This is a fascinating item from a previous era and would be great fun to wear at a re-enactment or fancy dress occasion, or to add to a collection of unusual chatelaine pieces. Maximum length when worn length 11.5 ins (29.1cm). Length of locket 1.6 ins (4cm). Weight 46 grams.